Here’s our challenge: 10 things to do in 10 days. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to cover all 10 things in 10 days in Karachi! So get ready, set, GO!
1. Visit the Farmer’s Market
Every Sunday morning, the school, Haque Academy organizes its well-known Farmer’s Market, where you can buy fresh and organic food items. The market comprises of a variety of stalls selling everything from fresh vegetables and fruits to ready-made meals. For example, the early morning chai-paratha warms things up a bit, especially in winter. My personal favorite at the market is the stall that sells organic soaps, creams and several beauty items made with natural ingredients.
It’s hard to get out of bed on a Sunday morning, and understandably so, but this is one of the many places you should not miss while you’re visiting Karachi. If anything, the though tof that early morning Chai-Paratha is a great motivator!
To get more information on this amazing Farmer’s Market click on the following link:
2. Critical Mass Biking
Raise your energy by joining in on a biking event with the Critical Mass Biking group in Karachi! With its endless stretch of long roads and wide, open spaces, Defence is the best area to go biking. However Critical Mass will cover the entire city for you. They have a biking route chalked out for each event (usually on weekends). Imagine feeling the fresh morning breeze, and getting that adrenaline rush in your body as you cycle through the streets of Karachi. You’ll be experiencing the city like never before.
This activity takes place at a set time and location, so grab a bike and join in the fun. Good to know that there are many families and female participants. They also host a Critical Mass Junior for younger kids. Bike rentals might be an option too!
For further information, click on the following and become part of group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/criticalmasskarachi/
3. Super Savari
If you are someone who likes to just sit back and watch all the amazing sites of this culturally and historically fascinating city, then this Super Savari is the perfect activity for you. The tour bus will take you around Karachi, showing you all the well-known landmarks and some very unique sites of the city such as the Parsi Fire temple, a Hindu Temple, a cathedral etc. So hop on board and enjoy the ride as you go site-seeing around Karachi.
Click on the following and book your tickets now at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/supersavariexpress/about/?ref=page_internal
4. Go on a Shopping Spree at Gulf or Zainab Market
For all you shopaholics out there, local markets like Gulf or Zainab market sell some very high-quality and reasonably-priced products. Try avoiding the big city malls such as Dolmen, or Ocean Mall, to be able to truly experience what it’s like to shop like a Karachiite.
5. Go to Dream World
When the city life is getting too much for you, Dream World is the best escape as this resort is the most relaxing and happening place in Karachi. There are outdoor activities such as going out for picnics, water slides, golfing etc., and indoor activities including bowling and pool house. Dream World is the best escape from everyday stresses.
Click on the following link to book a day or two at this awesome resort: https://www.facebook.com/dreamworldpk/
6. Attend a Junoon Concert
You have not been a part of Karachi’s grassroots culture unless you have listened to some real desi music, and what better music to listen to than the one and only Rock/Sufi bands in Pakistan – Junoon. The mesmerizing beats, the mind-blowing acoustics and the sense of patriotism and jazba in their voicals will teleport you to another planet entirely.
Junoon will be performing right here in Karachi this Christmas!, so buy your tickets NOW!
Book your tickets by clicking on the link, to see the greatest band in Pakistan perform live: http://yayvo.com/sooperjunoon
7. Have Koila Karhai and Matka Chai
While you’re in Karachi try some koila karhai and matka chai, especially during the winter season when it’s cold outside. Some desi food is all you need to pair off that chai. Do Durya is the best place to have Koila Karhai – that irresistible smoky flavor you can’t say no to! Give it a try.
8. Go to Danzoo
Children will love this place and for all you animal lovers out there, this zoo is Pakistan’s first wildlife zoo that let’s us get revisit nature. Danzoo is not only known for its animals and birds but also for its outdoor activities like buggy rides, boat rides etc. This Safari Park spans a very wide area where you can take a tour on a buggy as well. Danzoo in a must-see while you’re in Karachi.
To find out more about the zoo click on the following: https://www.facebook.com/Bahriadanzoo/
9. Horse Riding and Channa Makai at Seaview Beach
Karachi is located near the seaside, and the beaches offer activities such as horse and camel rides. Your trip won’t be complete without going on a horse and camel ride. Be a Karachiite and own it like one. A trip to the beach is always on the cards!
10. Churna Island
If you get tired of the Karachi landscape, then just take a splash at Churna Island. Churna Island is known for its clear water, coral reefs, marine life and also for its water sports activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and even spear-rod fishing. This is a great experience for people of all ages, as you get to see a wonderful world under the sea.
Book a time to go for a dive by clicking on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/ScubaClubofficial/
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Zoha Rajani holds a BSc (Hons) in Sociology from University of Roehampton, London. She has been engaged in creative projects with Advertising and Content Creation at Women’s Own Magazine.
Zoha is a self-confessed movie buff. She loves reading and writing.
She lives by the motto: Be the best you can be, live life to the fullest, work hard and do what makes you happy!